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Flightdeck Instrument Systems currently holds the agencies for JP Instruments (engine monitoring), Alcor (engine management), Aircraft Spruce, EDMO and MGL Avioincs to name a few, with others being added all the time. We are also authorised installers for Aspen Avionics.

Flightdeck Instrument Systems operates out of Tempe Airport in Bloemfontein. We have just moved into new premises which boast a massive state of the art workshop as well as a spacious hangar, so your aircraft can be looked after like it is our own. Give us a call for you instrument, autopilot and avionics requirements.

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Do’s and Don’ts attending an Airshow

 Do’s and Don’ts attending an Airshow

This is just a small article on attending airshows in South Africa, the normal do’s and don’ts. Please note this is a general guide and although most airshows apply these rules, some airshows can differ slightly and this is only a guide. For our Airshow calendar click here….

Airshows in South Africa is governed by Airshow South Africa, Airshow South Africa is part of The Aero Club of South Africa. Public can also become members of AirShow South Africa, click to read more…

Airshows are enjoyed by people of all ages, both males and females and with most airshows also providing kids entertainment the kids are sure to be kept busy if they get bored.

Phone number on the kid’s arm

Phone number on the kid’s arm

If you do have kids, it is recommended to write your phone number on the kid’s arm as it’s not uncommon for kids to get disorientated among all the thousands of spectators. Lots of vendors roam around offering kids aviation related toys on sale. For the youth, most airshows have an Aviation related career day on the day preceding the airshow and this day is normally the day that most aircraft practice and do validation flights, thus giving the youth attending the career day a mini show.

On Show day, almost all airshows have many static displays and display stalls for your entertainment and interest, this is normally Aviation related and sometimes also include other motor sports. This is a good time to chat to one of the exhibiting flight schools if you are interested to do your own pilot licence. Most airshows will have hobby shops displaying Radio controlled aircraft and guys from a virtual aviation club giving you the opportunity to fly some simulator flying.

Airshow gates normally open between 6am and 8am, depending on the show. Show starts about 9am to 10am on average and last to anything from 3pm to sunset set shows followed by a fireworks display ending the day, once again not all Airshows are the same.

In 2017 the gate prices were anything from R80pp to R120pp, except for one show that was a bit more. South African airshow entry fees are by far on the lower end of the average entry fairs, yet we complain! Most airshows sell tickets online before the show and we at Aviation Central do recommend buying prepaid airshow tickets as this allows quicker access to the airshow grounds.

Botswana International Airshow

Most extreme airshows fans will be at the gates one or two hours before the gates open at the bigger shows as to get the perfect spot on the crowd line fence. We do recommend that you be at the gates before they open to get a good spot. If you are at the gate in a queue, please post a photo of the line on our Facebook page. Having a coffee ready on a colder day can be welcome.

Some airshows allow you to take along cooler boxes and some don’t. Please confirm this before getting to the gate. We do understand that the airshow organisers prefer you spending a rand or two at the vendors as they to contribute to the funds needed to host an airshow. Vendors include a variety of foods, soft drinks and novelties. For those on the thirsty side almost all airshows have a beer garden and no alcohol is permitted through the gates.

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Without sponsors, NO airshow in the world will be possible. Please take note of the airshow sponsors and visit their stands at the show. This will make the sponsors feel more positive about their investment and next year they will sponsor again and maybe even up their sponsor allowing the organisers to give you a better show. Airshows cost money and lot of it. So, we appeal to you to take note of the sponsors and support them.

An airshow display is normally controlled by an Air boss, and the show and is closely monitored by a safety officer. Without Air Traffic Control (ATC), no airshow is possible. Not only do they control airshow traffic, but they also monitor the airshow box for traffic intruding the airshow airspace. On the ground, we have a ramp master making sure all aircraft have a parking spot.

Airshows are fantastic photographic opportunities, so remember to take along those cameras. South Africa has aviation related photographic clubs and groups; one of the most popular clubs is the SAAFMPC, based at Zwartzkops SAAF museum in Pretoria. When taking photos at an airshow, opportunities are not only in the air, but there are also static displays, vendor and sponsor exhibits and the crowd can also present that winning shot of the day.

Attending and airshow in sunny South Africa also has a challenge that is very important to be prepared for, The SUN! Please make sure you have sunblock, eye protection and a hat. Drink lots of fluids, preferably water. One thing that is normally a no-go at most airshows worldwide is beach umbrellas and gazebos. These are obstacles and barriers for all those around and behind you. So please be considered to others and do not take yours along. Do drink plenty of liquids and stay hydrated. Water and soft drinks will be available on the Show at a reasonable cost.

With airshows lasting almost a full day, you cannot stand on your legs all the time, so it’s recommended to take along camping chairs and/or a blanket. It’s also recommended to dress in layers that you can remove as the day warms up and once again put on again as the day cools down. Do not pack heavy as airshows are mostly long walks from parking to the crowd line. The bigger airshows have park and ride options and some Gauteng airshows also have the Gautrain as partner to assist you in getting to and from the Show.v

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These are general airshow rules, but they differ slightly from show to show.

No-No’s at airshows:

  • Firearms
  • Braais of any kind.
  • Own Alcohol.
  • Don’t smoke on the Flightline: The entire ramp is a NO SMOKING AREA.
  • Don’t arrive at the airport late: Traffic and limited parking will require visitors to arrive early to see all the action.
  • Don’t bring dogs or other animals, bicycles, roller-blades, skateboards, alcohol, fireworks, or weapons of any kind.
  • Don’t bring  Two-way radios or any similar device that can hinder ATC and aircraft communications.
  • Handheld Laser Pointers.
  • Drones.

No-No’s at some airshows, please check before going.

  • Cooler boxes
  • Own food
  • Umbrellas and Gazebos (We do not recommend taking one of these to any airshow)

What to take along to an airshow.

• Airshow Tickets if pre-bought
• Hats
• Sunblock
• Protective sunglasses
• Camping chairs and/or a blanked
• Cameras
• Fully charged phone and a power bank
• Earplugs for small ones and those with sensitive ears
• Cash (Most shows do have ATM’s. However, at an airshow Cash is King)

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After an airshow, it’s the long walk back to your car and a day at the airhow can be tiring, so therefore you need to pack light. Traffic after an airshow can also be a nightmare, so please be patient, give gaps to others and follow the guidance of traffic officials. It Helps to go to the loo before heading to your car and having something cold to drink can also help if the wait is long to get out.

Please do not forget to share your photos, comments and ratings on the show(s) that you attended on our Facebook page.

Advertising Opportunities on Aviation Central

Advertising Opportunities on Aviation Central

Good day

We are excited to announce Advertising Opportunities on Aviation Central on our website as from 1 March 2018.

Option 1: Once-off Sponsorship / Advertisement. By Sponsoring us absolutely anything that can help us to spread the love off Aviation, From a Cap to Fuel (Normal Diesel and Petrol), Accommodation at Events, Financial, Camera Equipment, Anything and anyway that can assist us! Will share your Business on this website and our Very busy Facebook page.  To see our current sponsors click here

Option 2: A simple image “click to follow” advert is R500pm till end February 2019 or a pay once for the full year for R5000 for the year (This is an R1000 saving)

Option 3: Same as Option 1, PLUS we will also share your Advert on our Facebook page every two week (+/- twice a month) for R600pm or a pay once for the full year for R6000 for the year (This is an R1000 saving) (We do have, excluding the airlines, the largest following on Facebook for an Aviation Related page in South Africa)

Although we are open to almost any Aviation related advertising, preference will be given to Flight Schools, Airlines, Aviation & Hobby shops, Scenic & Charter Operators, Aviation related clubs and those offering accommodation and Travel packages to Airshows and Aviation Events.

For Airshow and Aviation Events organizers only, we have the Big One available to you. Our Facebook page is mostly dedicated to Airshow and other aviation events, informing our followers a we will share all information and updates on Airshows for FREE, no cost, just keep us updated as much as posable and we will share and promote your event.

We do however have the Prime spot for advertising available to Airshow organizers, our Facebook Cover Image can be yours, read more here.

If you are interested in Advertising Opportunities then please contact Lettie at

If you are willing and can help us with sponsorship to cover our costs, please contact Flippie at  or phone 081 270 443Zero
* All funds will be used to “up” our game to bring Aviation Events news to our South African Aviation lovers and Aviation Central followers.
** We all at Aviation Central have Normal day jobs and do this as a hobby on our free-time for the Love for Aviation Events and by sharing the love with our followers.

Flippie van Emmenis
Owner @Aviation Central

Langebaanweg Airshow Program 09 Dec 2017

Langebaanweg Airshow Program 09 Dec 2017

The most anticipated Airshow for the year 2017!

For the past 50 years, the South African Air Force Silver Falcons have been dazzling crowds all over the country. Now, for the first time, we have an opportunity to celebrate their 50th Birthday at their Home Base at AFB Langebaanweg with an all-out Air Show in their honour. With a full complement of Air Force Aircraft and numerous Civilian Display Teams joining together to make this an Air Show you won`t forget and don`t want to miss.
Due to the unique location for the Air Show, that lends itself to experience the South African Air Force and its power to the max.

Official show hashtag #seeithearitfeelit 

Did you get your tickets yet, if not then click here!
Remember to bring along Camping Chairs, Hats, Sunblock and keep Hydrated!
You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket, but no alcohol is allowed to be brought in, a Beer Garden is available at the show with reasonable prices! Wright your phone number on a card and hang it around your kids neck or as an armband, it’s not uncommon for kids to lose sense of direction at a big event like this.
For more information on what to expect please go to this page.

The Langbaanweg Airshow team made the Programe available to us.

Please note this can change at any time! 


Please note this can change at any time! 




Langebaanweg Airshow, what to expect!

Langebaanweg Airshow, what to expect!

Langebaanweg Airshow, what to expect!

With just over a week to go till what is to be the most awaited airshow of 2017.
It’s the last Airshow for the Year 2017, the 2nd SAAF hosted airshow for the year, the other being SAAF Museum airshow that was held in May earlier this year and then the 1st Airshow in the Western Cape since 2015 that was at Stellenbosch. The  last open day for the public at AFB Langebaanweg was in 1995 during the 75th anniversary of the South African Air force. The Silver Falcons have had the opportunity to dazzle crowds all over the country, but rarely the opportunity to showcase its Pride, Passion and Precision at their home base. Due to the unique location of this Air Show, it allows for certain unique displays that would not necessarily feature at other Air Shows around the country. This makes it one show not to miss.

This Air show would allow the SAAF to celebrate a significant milestone with Pride. An Air show planned and executed by the AFB Langebaanweg entirely to allow the greater public the experience the professionalism and pride that we have for the SAAF. It would allow the public to experience the Passion that we have for our Air Force and serving our Country, and through this Air show inspire confidence in our Air Force and provide a platform for the youth to commit to serving their Country as well. This Air show will provide a platform to showcase our Precision. Showcasing our Aircraft operated in a professional manner and in such ways as to highlight our exemplary training and professional members.

Ample Parking is available and Disabled parking with Golf Cart Shuttle available to the display area for those in need.
The Gates open at 07:00 and show starts at 09:00 and is expected to come to an end with the Gripen Breaking the Sound barrier at about 17:00. Read more…

What to bring along, Sunscreen and a Hat, camping chair or a blanket to sit on and Picnic baskets are welcome, however many Food and soft drink vendors will be onsite! A Beer garden will also be onsite for those a bit thirstier! ATM facilities will be available. We do recommend to bring cash, as at an Airshow cash is always King and to avoid long lines at the ATM’s.

Silver Falcons Team 81 for this 50th Anniversary show is:

Major Wendy ‘Electra’ Badenhorst
Major Corné ‘Stilbo’ van Deventer
Major Mark ‘Katana’ Gentles
Major Sivu ‘Sivuple’ Tangana
Major Omphile ‘Biggy’ Mutloane
Major Bheki ‘Swaziboy’ Shabangu

Read more on the Silver Falcons

View full Airshow Program here

The following is a list of the various aircraft that are confirmed to take part in this Air Show:
SAAF Aircraft:
3 X Oryx (Static, Flying and Backup)
1 X Lynx
4X Hawk (Static, Flying and Backup)
7X Gripen (Static, Flying and Backup)
2 X C208/1 X C212
2 X C47TP
1 X C130BZ
6 X Silver Falcons
18 X Astra’s (PC7’s)
2X Rooivalk(Static, Flying and Backup)

Civilian Aircraft:
Puma Flying Lions – 4 X Harvard
Raptors 4 X RV 7/8/9
Nashua Extra 300LP
Mango B737-800
Neville Ferreira Slick 540
Impala ZU-IMP Impala
Mother City Skydiving Jump Platform Required
AMSRCC 7 x RC Aircraft
Team Extreme 4 x Cirrus/Extra 300
Little Annie AN-2
Working on Fire AT802/C206/Huey
Robin Cross 6 X Static Display
CTFTC DV20 Static + Air
SFC (C152+C172) 2 X Static Display
AMScor EC145 Static + Air

Below is a photos of all the Aircraft to fly at this wonderful Langebaan Airshow 2017!

Photo’s from various photographers with the SAAFMPC group and Team Aviation Central members!



Gripen to break sound barrier at Langebaan Airshow

Langebaan Airshow -By Jarryd Sinovich    **Please register on our site to leave your comments!

See it - Hear it - Feel it

See it – Hear it – Feel it

Gripen to go supersonic at Langebaan Airshow 2017

The Langebaan Airshow 2017 does not carry the theme “See it, Hear it and Feel it” without reason, if all goes according to plan a SAAF Gripen set to break the sound barrier at this Amazing and well organized airshow, Something that is overdue in the Western Cape for many years! This Show celebrates the 50th Birthday of the South African Air Force’s Silver Falcons Aerobatic Team! #seeithearitfeelit

The Aviation Central Formation, Gripen and Falcons

The sound barrier or sonic barrier is a popular term for the sudden increase in aerodynamic drag and other effects experienced by an aircraft or other object when it approaches supersonic speed.  Aircraft first began to be able to reach close to supersonic speed an these effects were seen as constituting a barrier making supersonic speed very difficult or impossible.

Gripen near the point of breaking the sound barrier

This will be the first time the Gripen will be breaking the sound barrier in front of the South African public at an airshow all in conjunction with the Silver Falcons Aerobatic Teams 50th Anniversary airshow being held at AFB Langebaanweg airshow on the 9 December.

This is the first airshow in the Western Cape since 2015. We are certain the crowds are in for a treat with an crowd favorite the proudly South African made Rooivalk will also be on display.The Rooivalks are based at 16 Squadron Air force base Bloemfontein.

7 Gripen Formation at Roodewal

4 x Hawk at Roodewal

The Organizers got given 7 Gripens and 4 Hawks, this airshow should not be missed and we have not been given an indication on how many will be Static, Backup and Flying. (Please note that this can change as per decisions by SAAF HQ)

A list of other Aircraft to attend this Airshow:

To view full program click here


Denel Rooivalk
Pilatus PC-7 Mk II Silver Falcons
Pilatus PC-7 Mk II
Atlas Oryx
Westland Super Lynx
Agusta A109
Bae Hawk MK120
Saab Jas 39C/D Gripen
Cessna C208
Casa C212
Douglas C-47TP
Lockheed C-130BZ

Harvard, Puma Flying Lions
RV7, RV8, RV9, Raptors
Aero L-39 Albatros
Extra 300, Nashua
Boeing 737-800, Mango
Slick 540, Neville Ferreira
Atlas Impala Mk1
Radio-Controlled Aircraft, AMSRCC
Cirrus And Extra 300, Team Extreme
Antonov An-2, Little Annie
Huey, AT-802 And Cessna C206, WOF
Diamond DV20 Katana, CTFTC
Eurocopter EC145, AMS
Skydiving, Mother City Skydiving

Static displays of aircraft and classic cars ‎

Aviation Central‘s Flippie and Jarryd will be attending this show!

Heads-on with Gripen, Polokwane Airshow



Advertising opportunity for Aviation Events

Advertising opportunity for Aviation Events

We are excited to announce that we will be making out Facebook cover image space available for organisers to promote their event on Aviation Central.
Aviation Central (AC) is a Facebook page that mainly focus on the promotion of Airshows, Air Races, Fly-ins and Radio Control events in South Africa and some of our neighbouring countries.
We endeavour to bring as much news and updates to out 17 000 and growing supporters, and our page attracts over 10 000 unique Facebook users daily.
AC has the most likes, followers, and page views on Facebook than any other active aviation related Facebook pages (including magazines) in Southern Africa, with the exception of airlines.
Our target audience is mostly the non-aviation professional who don’t always have time to search for events, and who brings their friends or family to airshows for the day and the plane spotters standing behind high airports walls to catch a glimpse of arriving and departing aircraft or just the guy looking up into the sky each time a plane goes by.
Over the years we have also build up relationships with event organisers and the countries display pilots and keep up with their every move.
With our ever-growing audience, we want to keep them informed about events as we receive information, therefore we require show and event organisers to keep up updated with calendars, posters, and any other news and highlights of upcoming events.
In order for us to help you promote and report on your event, we also have costs to cover so we decided to make our Cover image space available at a small cost.
The cover image is a prime spot on any Facebook page and it’s available for rent to organizers of aviation events ONLY.
The rest of our event promoting, all remains as is and FREE.

The cost will be linked to peak airshow season, mid and low seasons.

To see for yourself go to
Below is an example what the page would like with the Langebaan show poster.
Our Cover image can be yours. Each day is from 7am till the next day 7am and is on a first-come-first-serve base!

Some quick facts form Facebook statistics on Aviation Central over the last 28 days

  1. Number of people who saw any of our Page posts (unique users) 178258
  2. Number of people who saw Page posts in news feed or ticker, or on our Page’s timeline (unique users) 13062
  3. Number of impressions that came from all of our posts (total count) 809196
  4. Number of times users saw posts via stories published by their friends (total count) 378367
  5. Daily: Number of people who have seen any content associated with our Page (unique users) 13775

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Flippie van Emmenis
Team Lead and Owner
Aviation Central